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tenants union, so mostly people living in apartments and now the sro collaborative so people living in sro's across the board. when i have gone to the rent board for hearings they will hear other issues but they just won't hear harassment issues at this point. you know, i worked in 2008 on proposition m and we were excited to get that passed to have something that tenants could go to when they had harassment issues. that was eaten quickly at first and slowly over time by the landlords and their attorneys at the courts. this is something i speak with tenants on a daily basis, when i speak to them in hotels a lot of them are scared to assert their rights. they see neighbors who have complained about building code violations, around mice, bedbugs and when they speak up they are yelled at, they are asked to leave. there are several things that aren't in any code right now that makes people not want to stand up and when they do stand up there's nothing that can be done for them around those issues and often people do leave. and when we're looking at things like bed bugs when somebody
received as a tenant has been pretty substantial. i would like to say i have made considerable efforts to fight to be able to get better, i have a disability and to be able to enjoy my apartment peacefully and quietly. i have made hundreds of phone calls and spoken to a number of attorneys and what i'm finding is there are a tremendous shortage of attorneys who are available to address these issues. when i talk to the rent board about harassment they've told me they don't deal with that. i have worked with a number of different organizations and i try to be respectful but they are all really overwhelmed by the, i think it's some of the comments that there were not a lot of cases of harassment are misinformed. i have run into a lot of other people who are experiencing this and i think that the economic realities of the rents being very high create an incentive for the landlords to harass people, especially those with disabilities. so i think there is a great need for some legislation to disincentivize people to take advantage of the laws as they stand. and i hope that we will move fo
and greater san francisco. since we were formed in 2000 in the 13 years we have been around tenant harassment hasn't gone down. if anything, it actually escalated, especially when a lot of the tech industry has been formed or is housed in the south of market. we have over 40 tech industries there so a lot of landlord or management has been really banking on this new possible tenants. so tenant has escalated around a lot of the alleyways that a lot of our families lived in over 20 years. i want to tell you one particular stories that one of our families has actually gone through. when we say tenant harassment, this isn't just tenant harassment on adults, a lot of our youth, the children of these parents have been harassed as well. one particular story i want to tell you about is jake. he lives on mina street and his family was living in this apartment with 6 units. at first the landlord informed them that they have to leave because of foreclosure. then when we have them actually get documents from the landlord there was multiple different change of story why they have to move. it escala
the way that tenants get their issues addressed is through a lawyer and there aren't a lot of attorneys out there who are trying to take individual cases about harassment. most attorneys want a class action lawsuit for any sort of tenant-land lord issues. i'm out of time. thank you. >> thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors, my name is bart murphy, i'm a san francisco rent board commissioner for the last 17 years. i'm a san francisco landlord. i am asking you to continue this matter to the call of the chair, not that i or other people might be specifically opposed to the issue, it's just that it's come up, i would suggest that the committee or the proposer to the committee is rushing their fences somewhat in putting this on for today with a referral to the full board tomorrow and that this matter would benefit from some consideration both at the rent board commission and further discussion amongst various stake holders. this has not been on the agenda of the rent board at all to my knowledge. i go to meetings, i get an agenda, it's never been brought up, it's never been mentioned
think this is important because it's bringing together not only tenant organizations but also the landlord organizations, the san francisco apartment association, with the mission sro collaborative which was the major impetus with other tenant organizations in supporting this to create stronger public health policies and to limit second hand smoke in multi unit buildings. the hazards as we said before of second hand smoke is well documented. there's no safe exposure level, it's cancer-causing, it's toxic, it leads to thousands and thousands of deaths each year and by limiting access to second hand smoke, it's protecting people's health. also, when people live in close proximity to units where there are smokers in apartment buildings or multi unit buildings, they are in danger of the smoke seeping into or kind of coming into their units or common areas as well and this can result in prospective tenants really being exposed to hazardous air in their buildings. i think this is an important measure, too, that will really help prospective tenants finding out more where they may be
. is there anyone else that would like to speak on this item? >> ronald ravine, i don't want to hold up the tenants but i want to say something on this. i hope, supervisor wiener, this is one of the things that you are opposed to. i hope somebody at the last minute will file another appeal against this thing because one of the reasons people wait until the last minute is because there is so much gobbledygook, so much changing of zoning and so many meetings that happen that transfer this from that and this and that and the old redevelopment agency transfers it to the city, it's almost like 3 card monte i hope someone who is directly affected by this thing, i heard something changed from 109 feet to 169 feet but this is going to be 200 feet. in other words i hope someone who knows more about this thing than i do will file something at the last minute to oppose it. thank you. >> thank you, is there anyone else that would like to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, supervisor kim. >> thank you, just a point of clarification, actually. this project hs already been appealed and
of smoking optional units. again i want to thank the tenant organizations and apartment association for their leadership but especially aliana caruco from the department of public health and desiree for drafting the ordinance. with that, i'd like to ask aliana caruco to make a public presentation. >> good afternoon, supervisors, my name is aliana caruca, i'm with the department of public health and i'm tobacco free director so i'm representing the department of public health today. this policy would inform prospective tenants of which units have been designated as smoking optional. supervisor mar, you've already basically explained what the ordinance would require and i would just like to add that over the years as the public has become much more educated and aware of the dangers of second hand smoke we've been getting a lot more calls with tenant complaints about smoking and in particular we've seen a lot of people who have called like i remember we got a call from a mother with a brand new infant, seniors with lots of chronic diseases, people with hiv, people with cancer and heart
to provide written information outlining the rights and riresponsibilities of tenants, property owners and pest control operators regarding the prevention and treatment of bedbug infestations. 2, dph to develop a training curriculum on bedbug abatement. 3, owners to respond to bedbug infestation complaints. 4, property owners to disclose bedbug infestation history for the previous two years. 5, the department of public health to collect and publish bedbug data on a quarterly basis. 6, establishing enforcement procedures and 7, making environmental findings. >> thank you. colleagues, one of the first thing issues did when i joined the board of supervisors was to call a hearing on bedbugs in the city and county of san francisco. prior to that hearing actually a group of many of our residents from neighborhoods, chinatown and south of market and the tenderloin had been convening meetings fore over a year to discuss what we could do about the citywide epidemic that has been plaguing our neighborhoods. through the work group this legislation came forwards a series of recommendations on what
name is stef fan white, i am a tenant at 922 post street. i'm here because i understand that right now the law basically says that landlords can bar tenants from smoking in the common areas of buildings like the lobby and the hallways but it's not allowed to bar smoking in individual apartments. the problem with that is --. >> mr. white, i think that might be the next item that you want to speak on. >> i'm sorry, i thought this had to do with that. >> the smoke-free housing disclosure is the next item. >> i'm sorry, you want me to --. >> yes, if you could stick around. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i would like to speak in opposition to this item and the reason i feel that way is that even though smoking is so much, causing so much damage, i think if we're going to single out smoking there should also be a concurrent discussion of banning automobiles in san francisco, banning liquor in san francisco, and banning industry in san francisco because i think those three contribute a lot more damage to san francisco citizens than smoking. the logic used that i heard earlier
public health today. this policy would inform prospective tenants of which units have been designated as smoking optional. supervisor mar, you've already basically explained what the ordinance would require and i would just like to add that over the years as the public has become much more educated and aware of the dangers of second hand smoke we've been getting a lot more calls with tenant complaints about smoking and in particular we've seen a lot of people who have called like i remember we got a call from a mother with a brand new infant, seniors with lots of chronic diseases, people with hiv, people with cancer and heart disease, who had just moved into their apartment and had no idea they were going to be exposed to second hand smoke that was drifting from other units into their apartment and they were totally at a loss of what they could do. this is basically a right to know ordinance. this would inform prospective renters where smoking is allowed so they can make an informed decision and choose to decide on an all terp tiff if they don't want to be exposed to the s
not understood] hotel and we have tenants who are going to address the issue. so, what we do is we have tenant outreach program. we have tenants who become [speaker not understood] and they do [speaker not understood], talk to tenants about tenant rights, how to address an issue. what we do is [speaker not understood] issue in one particular building, we try to have a tenant meeting where we can address the issue, we can figure out what are the different issues [speaker not understood]. we try to send a letter to the landlord and say, here, we found these issues. we would like you to work on these issues. we give them [speaker not understood], 7 days, 14 days to figure out how to work and receive any [speaker not understood] from the landlord to fix the issue. landlord or lessee to fix the issue. if they don't then we call dbi inspector out and we work with [speaker not understood]. work with dbi inspector or talk with the landlord directly. so, we are like the go between. we are like the folks that come to us in order to address the issue. so, we've done this with welfare. that's what we do h
. it puts in place procedures and policies that make it easier for housing advocates and tenant communitis to navigate this process, but we know we can put what we like on paper and promise to follow it to the best our abilitis and commit to the law whenever necessary, but unless fund exists to support this work, what we say what we commit to is different than what we can do. many of those severely affected by this issue represent some of the more marginalized and disenfranchised groups in our community. so much of this work as you see requires also dollars outside of just writing this policy. in the past, supervisors the san francisco department of public health and environmental health division used to provide this kind of funding. this funding was used by the collaboratives and was spread very, very far and we used it for the last two years. unfortunately our ability to use this funding is coming to an end. so i would urge the supervisors to in considering what this policy actually does consider what it takes to make this policy happen. thank you. >> thank you. >> good afternoon, sup
seniors or people with disabilities who lived in sro's city-wide and 68 percent of them were tenants who lived in nonprofit sro's, which are more likely to have these grab bars already installed than their private counterparts but even with that, we found less than 40 percent of tenants indicated they currently have grab bars, which is not nearly enough considering that many of the private buildings we had issues with barriers and even getting in. we expect that number city-wide to be a lot higher. i also just wanted to say about tenants. i did outreach on a weekly basis and i hear from tenants all the time that they are afraid of slipping and falling in the shower. they are having a hard time geting off the toilet which in many cases are in strange positions close to the wall, further away from the wall, i get that feedback all the time. one tenant i see all the time that i saw last week she has her ihss case worker sit right outside the bathroom while she takes her shower because she is afraid she will fall and won't be able to call out for the help she needs if she falls. i do und
don't think she understand, and we have been asking her to fight for us, but he is her tenant, too. so i don't know the situation. >> what is the landlord's name? >> sarah? >> do you have a last name? >> it's right here. >> thank you. >> any other questions? >> how long have you been a tenant? >> since april 1st of this year. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> hi. i am anna. i am a roommate of hannah's. i actually live immediately right next to the hood vent. i have a drawing that is really sketchy, but these are my two windows. my roommate alex lives into this room and this looks into our kitchen. one morning i woke up, completely unannounced to have a man working right here. that was when we first learned that they were doing something with the roof. and then i woke up one morning and the hood vent was starting to be built. but i'm actually really worried about fire. my light is decreased in the light well, but i mean it's something that could happen, but amount of space where somebody could come in the event of fire and there will be grease and everything that is s
and let them take the tenants' houses. rich people, corporation, can do business by own houses and you supervisor have been elected to represent us. please support this legislation to be sure we keep our houses because we really in danger to lose all houses. thank you very much. >> seeing no other public comment, public comment is closed. supervisor olage >> yeah, i just wanted to thank everyone for coming out. i wanted to mention that, as i commented earlier, the language before you is significantly different from the original language i introduced over the summer, which provided for damages and additions to the list of harassment. it was significantly watered-down in part because there was major push back from i think the apartment association and others and through the mayor's office and so we worked with the mayor's office, the city attorney and the rent board to get this to a place where it was more, in a place where we could provide some protection against harassment to tenants but not at the level that we originally had hoped to place something on the ballot. so we did pull
in the city that have been looking at this issue, trying to organize be tenants and provide greater access to people with disabilities and seniors. there was a report that came out this year that shed light to the challenges faced by seniors and people with disabilities. therefore, this is the community response, communities perspective to the affordable housing issue. i'm happy to have with us today jessica leyman (sounds like) from the senior disability action, former senior action network and plan for elders. and josh -- from the mission sro collaborative. will hear about the report on sros, and finally we'll here about exciting news. i would like to invite both of you guys to come out and help us out. thank you so much for being here. >> good afternoon. my name is josh vining, community organizer with the mission sro collaborative. i want to give a big thank you to the mdc for inviting us here today and sharing the work that we have been working on for quite a while. it's exciting. some of what we learned in the report is not shocking or no new news. but we do have a report base
think it's a good thing for the building. it keeps them clean and safe and it's for our tenants and we have to provide a clean and quiet and safe place for our tenants, who are stuck in the middle there. i don't live there, but i do see the problems and know the cost it takes to keep it cleaned up. dpw used to power-wash it, but then they didn't have the funds to do it. the graffiti, the drug dealing, everything that chuck said and captain steve from the northern district. i will let our special patrol talk. we had to hire our own special patrol to keep the alley keen clean and our residents safe. you have a key that you can come and go and seems to work. there are probably 180 people that live in the building and only hear two people that don't like it. it helps all the traffic in the whole area. i provided in the brief, there is probably 50-80 gates within a five-block radius. so this is not the first gate. we didn't dream it up. it wasn't the first one we put in. that is it. >> i would like to keep the gate there and shut it. >> i am al, the property manager for 642 jones. since
. with your landlord or at senate -- or a tenant, this can avoid a lot of problems later on. the inspections offer a limited attempt at bringing a civil action for damages. it does not affect the ability to bring damage claims under the symbol laws. however, most lawyers -- they will not pursue the case. so, oftentimes, it works it to stop the lawsuit before it starts if you do that inspection. they are not particularly expensive. so, it is something someone would want to do. you will get a tax credit. if you need to make changes in the structure of your premises, there are also tax credits for that. most of these cases start with a letter. a demand letter. that is usually signed not by a lawyer, but by it up plaintive. the plaintiff may not be a professional plaintiff. that does not make any difference. the defense has been tried in court. is a civil rights statute. -- it is a civil rights statute. they can be a perfectly legitimate plaintiffs to bring a lawsuit, and there are a number of people who belong to disability organizations that actually, that is what their livelihood is, bringing
to visit a tenant. i've been there five years myself, okay. and just i can move any time i want. there's no law against that. [speaker not understood]. the rent money i'm not receiving services i'm paying for. the elevator keeps breaking down every two weeks. they get it going [speaker not understood]. i know it sounds funny now. it wasn't funny then. the elevator service is ridiculous. they'll get it running and it breaks down two weeks later. and there's a lot of people in wheelchairs, on crutches, seniors, disabled, they have to crawl down the stairs and abandon their wheelchairs in the lobby because they cannot even get down the stairs. some of them live on the fourth floor with me. it's ridiculous. we do not appreciate our visitors and our guests being told by the management that we've been removed or we're not there. it's either that or go the other way, harass them for walking down the hallway to use the rest room. [speaker not understood]. he's got cameras in the hallways. we see someone walking down the hallway. you have to get out of there. why is that? you walked down the ha
. sro collaborative were established as a response to these fires. focus on organizing the tenants and trying to come up with solutions to keep fires like this from happening. one of the main things that happened that people may be familiar with is the sprinkler ordinance. in san francisco a hotel room with more than 20 rooms is required have a comprehensive spritzer system in the rooms and throughout the building, and dramatically decreased the prevalence of fires. beyond that, sro collaboratives have worked on the uniform visitor policy; prior to that a lot of landlords and madison were limiting or denying the right to have overnight visitors as well as data on visitors. the uniform visitor policy is a compromise. they don't have the same amount of rights. they can have people overnight every night of the month but it is a compromise, it is a step in the right direction so that people can have visitors. previously, more recently we have worked closely with the department of public health in reforming some of the ways that that department and the city at large respon
of the tenants lives in a restaurant and she is complaining about the food smell. it doesn't make sense and mr. boskvich says the penetration to the floor from the basement, from the basement to the light well requires fire damper. you cannot put a fire damper in a residential unit with an exhaust fan. it is not required. i talked to lieutenant of the fire department and she says that if you come out the window, where do you go? i said you end up being in the light well and it's not a rescue window and does not require an exit. light and ventilation required, the window is not blocked at all. as you see in my picture it's going to be less. it's only 17x17". that is all we have and the light well is a 4x11' light well and using only 17x17" and basically means this box. and all of these complains about this small, little thing. if you have any questions, i would love to answer you. >> you are saying that the hood is 17x17"? >> 17x17" >> this much by this much. >> the hood is much larger. >> the duct work. >> okay, thank you. >> thank you, mr. sanchez. >> scott sanchez planning departmen
property, my backyard and my building. i believe that my tenants have signed the petition here opposing this permit. my concern is that i never heard about this thing before it happened. i have been in this unit for 20 years. this is my principal asset in my life. it's my home. the neighborhood was a rough neighborhood 20 years ago and now it's not a rough neighborhood of i have put a lot of juice into making this a beautiful place to live for me and my tenants and now everything this restaurant produces is going to be something that i'm going to breathe. and so you know this is basically being in an environment where i have a whole life based upon secondhand smoke and curry. so whatever other kind of life i have got, that is going to be the heart of my life. and i don't think that this being sprung upon me is fair to me, fair to my tenants or fair to other people on the block that will be experiencing the same kind of secondhand smoke. and so my belief is that when this thing was a coffee shop and a sandwich shop, that was a fine use of the space. it's a tiny space in a residential ar
and her staff. we are tenants in this building. i apologize for the security situation that happened upstairs. if you have concerns about it, please come and see me. i would like to convey those to the landlord here so that it does not happen again. thank you. >> hi, everybody. my name is carmen chu. why don't we get started. with a marking up with the department of small business -- we have been working with the department of small business. this project started when we heard from neighborhood merchants. unfortunately, they had access issues, visibility access issues. we have been working closely with many of our partners year today to educate about these -- many of our partners year today to educate about these issues. also in terms of board guidance. i want to thank all of you for coming. many of you may have assistance. i know many merchants could not be here. please do it share this information with other merchants in the area. we have virginia from the office of small business. we have roger from the bar association. no carla johnson from the office of disability. -- we have ca
that this being sprung upon me is fair to me, fair to my tenants or fair to other people on the block that will be experiencing the same kind of secondhand smoke. and so my belief is that when this thing was a coffee shop and a sandwich shop, that was a fine use of the space. it's a tiny space in a residential area and i would request of you and believe that this is best zoned for that use. the previous owner ran it as an internet cafe. and so everybody sat there all day and never bought anything. if you weren't running it as an internet cafe and my request is that you deny this permit, revoke this permit. economically, this is [kwhra-/] i have got in life and now you have a situation where this guy wants to run a curry factory i lose significant value in what i have got. medically i have to report it to people that they are being poisoned by the smoke and what about the injury to me? i didn't do anything to deserve this. it was sprung upon me and it's completely unfair. what kind of recourse do i have for this and what kind of recourse do my tenants have? there are lots and lots o
and what i have heard from people and tenants in the building and people in the neighborhood is that the vast majority of people understand and realize it's a great improvement for that block and for the neighborhood. and i understand that there is some issues that miss utt is dealing with and some alterations or changes have been done to accommodate her. but i think you need to take into consideration what has been done to the area? and the benefit that it is providing for the city? the police department, the fire department are 100% behind it because they have seen the difference that it has made. we don't have piles of debris brought in by homeless people setting up camp that could become a fire hazard and the criminal activity has disappeared for all of these reasons. and the quality of life for tenants in that neighborhood, i think you have seen as you looked at the brief, there are a lot letters from tenants, people in the neighborhood that are in favor of the gate and have demand the big change that has occurred since the gate was pus into put into place. you can mu
enforcement, probably related to the tenant, who has rights to implied warranty of have the ability, and all the other things that tenants are deserving -- tenant desert. is the land blurred permitted to collect rent? -- the landlord permitted to collect rent? >> [inaudible] >> that is an excellent point. we will talk about the value. let me say, if it has existed for a long time, that does not make it ok. it means they got away with it for a long time. that does not mean it is ok because it has been there 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 years. that does not make it ok. >> they can come in and kick up a tenant in clear out all of the room? >> we do not inspect those on a routine basis. we only look at them if we receive a complaint. we do not kick the people out. retell the property owner, you have this problem. you have to figure out how to solve the problem. legalize the unit. they can make some other change. >> anybody can come in and make trouble? >> they can. >> when we go to sell a property like that, if your friend wanted to sell the single-family house and had a tenant in the legal unit, if w
way, protect tenants and understand that the best thing we can do is make sure the 59,000 san franciscoans that live in these soft story buildings are able to shelter in place after an earthquake. between meeting with them and other various tenant groups we have got our head around these issues and i think we're addressing them accurately. >> commissioner walker. >> great to hear that you are moving these things forward. you talked about the early 2013 introduction of a soft story program. is it a mandatory program and when in 2013. >> early in 2013, the specific date is not known yet because it's up to the board of supervisors that will be introducing it. ordinance is being prepared, reviewed by the city attorney right now, we hope to have those comments completed very shortly. it is a mandatory system with a 4 tier system. we don't want to flood dbi with all these permits all at once. we want to be sure that people have time to implement this. it would have a mandatory year-long praus inspection process. if property owners are not subject to this there's an easy opt-ou
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